It’s been known for a while now that Paula Abdul’s contract for her judging gig on the hugely popular American Idol was up for renewal and there’s been plenty of speculation as to whether Abdul would be brought back for next season. It looks as though Abdul and her manager are just as in the dark as we are as to whether or not we’ll be seeing her at the judges table next season.

According to The LA Times, Abdul’s manager, David Sonenberg said, "Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol,” and went on to say that he hasn’t even seen a proprosal for a contract from FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment.

"I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful," Sonenberg said, "I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven't stepped up and said what they want to do."

Now, if you ask me, Sonenberg’s comments to the Times were an attempt to draw attention to the delay, prompting fans to react and hopefully light a fire under Fox to get the paperwork going on Abdul’s contract before auditions for the next season start next month. Whether or not that was his intention, that’s pretty much what happened. The Hollywood Reporter posted that Abdul fans and even some former Idol contestants have been tweeting #keepaula in an effort to get the judge some Twitter attention and there have been campaigns on the Idol forums to rally support for the judge.

Representatives for Fremantle, 19 and Fox haven’t commented but I’m guessing they’ll issue some kind of statement sooner or later, especially if they really are planning to eliminate Paula’s chair from the judge’s table.

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